Apidura offers three lines of bikepacking bags, each designed in the United Kingdom and made in Asia. The Backcountry series of bikepacking bags was the company’s first range and was constructed from a recognizable gray X-Pac with yellow accents. In response to a change in modern mountain bike geometry, they’ve completely reworked the Backcountry series for a better fit and to address other issues often encountered while riding technical singletrack, including enhanced abrasion resistance. They also updated the color scheme and graphics, and added a few bells and whistles, such as internal lash tabs to keep rattling to a minimum, and designs that work with full suspension bikes and dropper posts. Apidura is also now using seam-welded VX21 X-Pac and PU-coated nylon for a waterproof construction, which they say is an industry first.
The Backcountry lineup includes a frame pack, seat bag, handlebar roll, and an accessory bag. Each bag in the range is made in China and priced slightly higher than competitor’s bags in the category. Find a breakdown of the entire lineup below.
Apidura Backcountry Full Frame Pack
Apidura’s new Backcountry Full Frame Pack is made from seam-welded VX21 X-Pac which Apidura claims is a 100% waterproof construction. It features a clever dual-zip opening that allows for easy access, internal straps for securing content, a hydration bladder port, a high-viz internal pocket, reflective graphics, and several different strap positions. The Backcountry Full Frame Pack comes in three sizes; 2.5L, 4L, and 6L, and retails for $176, $179, and $184 USD, respectively.
Apidura Backcountry Frame Pack
The Apidura Backcountry Frame Pack a smaller, partial frame bag for lightweight overnighters or daily use. It’s designed to fit snugly in the main triangle of your bike, against the head tube, and features many of the same specs as the Full Frame Pack, including internal lash tabs, a hose/electronics port, a reinforced structure, and a seam-welded VX21 construction. The Frame Pack comes in one size, providing 2L of storage, and retails for $101 USD.
Apidura Backcountry Handlebar Pack
The Backcountry Handlebar Pack comes in two sizes: 11L for longer trips or 7L for shorter rides and races. It uses an all-in-one design with two roll-top closures on either end, and built in handlebar and head tube attachment points. Attachment points are reinforced with Hypalon (a durable rubberized nylon) and 840D abrasion-resistant panels are used in high wear areas on the back of the bag. There’s a hands-free air release valve for easier compression and packing, plus a bungee cord lashing point on top. It also has clips for an optional accessory pocket for a little extra storage. The Backcountry Handlebar Pack retail for $123 or $136 USD, depending on the size.
Apidura Backcountry Downtube Pack
The Backcountry Downtube Pack is designed to provide some extra storage on bikes without downtube mounts. It has 1.8L of storage capacity and can fit a 1L water bottle, which is a nice solution for bikes with limited carrying capacity. Apidura claims it can be used to carry anything bulky or heavy that’s best packed down low. It’s held in place using one oversized velcro strap and has two bumpers for added stability. The Downtube Pack features the same waterproof, seam-welded construction as the rest of the series, and retails for $71 USD.
Apidura Backcountry Saddle Pack
Apidura’s dropper post compatible seat bag, the Backcountry Saddle Pack, features a roll-top closure, waterproof construction, and is offered in two different sizes; 4.5L and 6L. For use on a dropper post, Apidura has also released the Dropper Post Adapter to help hold the pack securely on the stanchion of the post while avoiding unnecessary rubbing. The Wolftooth Valais, a personal favourite of ours, would also work here. There are abrasion resistant panels on the underside of the pack, it is reinforced for added stability, and there are reflective graphics and lashing points for a rear light. The Backcountry Saddle Pack is available as a pack only for $151 (4.5L) / $156 USD (6L) or as a pack + dropper post adapter for $186 (4.5L) / $191 (6L).
Find the full collection at Apidura.com. Stay tuned for part two of the release later this month!